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Resources for the segment: "Asteroids"
Resources for Educators

Dawn Education: Career Path -- Kids can learn about the different types of careers that support NASA missions.

Solar System Exploration: Asteroids -- Learn about asteroids, the Dawn mission and featured scientists on the "People Spotlight" corner.

Dawn Education -- Download educational materials that support the Dawn mission. They help educators capture the interest of students and the public by using the Dawn mission to the asteroid belt as a real-world link.

Dawn Multimedia -- Find videos, images, interactive simulations and learning tools about asteroids and NASA’s Dawn mission.

Ceres and Pluto: Dwarf Planets as a New Way of Thinking About an Old Solar System -- This educator guide explains the differences between planets, asteroids and dwarf planets.

Dawn's Vesta Fiesta Games and Activities -- Find fun hands-on games and activities for a variety of age groups. Use them to engage students in learning about asteroids.

Dawn Journal -- Follow Marc Rayman, the chief engineer of NASA's Dawn mission, as he blogs about updates on the mission.

Asteroid Mystery Boxes -- Students have the opportunity to learn about the nature of asteroids with their own hands.

SpaceMath @ NASA -- SpaceMath @ NASA introduces students to the use of mathematics in today’s scientific discoveries. To access these problems click on the green registration button on the top right and follow the instructions at http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov.

We suggest the following problems related to asteroids:
  • Problem 143: So … How Big Is It? Asteroid Eros Surface -- Students calculate the scale of an image of the surface of the asteroid Eros from the NEAR mission and determine how big rocks and boulders are on its surface.
  • Problem 304: From Dust Balls to Asteroids -- Students calculate how long it takes to form an asteroid-sized body using a simple differential equation based on a very simple physical model.
  • Problem 305: From Asteroids to Planets -- Based on a very simple physical model, students explore how long it takes to form a small planet from a collection of asteroids in a planet-forming disk of matter orbiting a star.
  • Problem 338: Asteroids and Ice -- Based on recent discoveries by NASA, students calculate how much ice may be present on the asteroid 24-Themis.
  • Problem 344: Hubble Spies an Asteroid -- Yes It Moves! -- The track of an asteroid in a Hubble image of a cluster of galaxies is analyzed to determine speed of the asteroid.
  • Problem 358: A Flyby of Asteroid Lutetia -- Use the Pythagorean Theorem and angular size to identify different characteristics of asteroid Lutetia based on a flyby made by the Rosette mission.
  • Problem 371: Close Encounters of the Asteroid Kind! -- In this problem, based on a NASA press release, students use a simple formula to calculate the brightness of these asteroids from their distance and size.

Resources for Students

Keeping an Eye on Space Rocks -- Learn how NASA is discovering asteroids and comets that come close to Earth and the sun.

Space Place: Professor Starr's Dream Trip -- Professor Starr dreams of visiting the asteroids. He has always wondered about them, especially the big ones called Vesta and Ceres. See how he makes his dream come true in this children’s story.

Space Place: Asteroids -- Learn about asteroids and make an edible model of an asteroid.

Dawn Board Game -- Print and play this board game with friends and family and see who reaches the asteroid belt first!

Asteroid Memory Game -- Print and cut out each piece with help of an adult and test your memory!

Charge Simulator Interactive -- Ion engines are the most exciting new rocket propulsion system. Use your knowledge of electric charges to get the test charge to hit the target!

Design an Ion Engine Interactive -- Use your knowledge of electric charge to push the rocket as far as possible using electric charge.

Hotspots! -- Ion engines are the most exciting new rocket propulsion system. Are you excited about ion engines? Test your knowledge and skills against a computer in this soccer-type game using what you have learned about ion engines.

Crisscross Through Our Solar System! -- Unscramble pictures to learn more about moons and other interesting places in our solar system.
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